Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 4, 2011
Every year a great throng of people make pilgrimage to the Shrine of Guadalupe in Mexico, a site where supposedly the Virgin Mary once stood...however unlikely that is. They go there hoping to get her attention, and to get her to intervene for them with her son Jesus. They
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 13, 2010
Baptism was a pre-existing JEWISH ritual.
Jewish Encyclopedia, "In order to pronounce the name of God in prayer in perfect purity,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
"It should be part of our private ritual to devote a quarter of an hour every day to the enumeration of the good qualities of our friends. When we are not active we
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Nov 18, 2008
In fact, pagan rituals often drank the blood of animals that were sacrificed because they superstitiously believed that the life force became a part of them. It could extend their own life. Conquering leaders sometimes drank the blood of the defeated kings because they believed that their power and
Contributed by Darrin Fish on Dec 10, 2007
A church had an unusual ritual every Sunday morning.
• Before the church sang the Doxology, they would stand up,
• everyone would turn to the right and face a blank white wall,
• and they would sang.
• Every Sunday they did this
• Finally a visitor to the church was confused and asked,
Contributed by Ian Biss on Jul 2, 2002
Joan Mills enjoyed a bedtime ritual with her little boy. They each compared how much they loved each other. She said, “I wouldn’t trade you for all the boys in the world.” Then he creatively compared his love for her by saying, “I wouldn’t trade you for forty motorcycles,” or, “I wouldn’t trade you
Contributed by Paul Barreca on Jan 11, 2014
There's a familiar story about the new bride who is cooking a big family dinner. As the ladies are gathered in the kitchen, the bride puts the roast in the pan and asks her mother why we always cut the end of the roast and put it in another pan? They ask grandma who says, "well honey, I cut the
Contributed by James Snyder on Jan 23, 2021
I must soberly confess that I have throughout my life given in to habits and rituals. I don't like saying that, but it is the truth. At this point, I don't know the difference between a habit and a ritual.
One ritual I have is when I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is have a
Contributed by Kenneth Squires on Jul 19, 2004
Each day the young pastor stopped at a deli-market for fruit juice on the way to work. Each day, with kindness in his voice, he greeted the man behind the counter, a middle-eastern man with Islamic beliefs. On many occasions the young pastor shared his faith in Jesus Christ with the man behind the
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 25, 2005
A custom of the natives in New Guinea is told. At certain times they have rituals, songs, and dances. They work themselves up into a frenzy and the ritual culminates in what are called “the murder songs,” in which they shout before God the names of the people they wish to kill. When the natives
Contributed by Richard Francis on Aug 19, 2008
Wikapedia defines religion as: A religion is a set of beliefs and practices, often centered upon specific supernatural and moral claims about reality, the cosmos, and human nature, and often codified as prayer, ritual, or religious law. Religion also encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions,
Contributed by Brad Henry on Aug 30, 2011
COME TO JESUS "MESSY"
My autistic son Chase has this ritual where he has to look at every clock in the house at :50 on the hour. It starts at 6:50, 7:50 till 8:50 at night. I once got tired at night when Julie was at a bible study and tried to get Chase to bed early. I changed the upstairs clock
Contributed by Cris Willis on Dec 27, 2007
Wiccans, Witches, Druids and Satanists celebrate Halloween as a special day in their calendar where some even
Contributed by Chris Willis on Oct 30, 2007
Sometimes as pastors we can be susceptible to rare gaffes. So its no surprise that the story is told about the baptism of a King by St. Patrick in the middle of the fifth century. Sometime during the ritual, St. Patrick leaned on his sharp-pointed staff and inadvertently stabbed the king’s foot.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 9, 2006
"Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, are things Christ unsparingly condemned. Destitute of fire, they are nothing more than a godless
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
Those who refuse to make New Years resolutions because they always break them anyway are missing the point. Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal
Contributed by Aubrey Vaughan on Sep 3, 2006
Ultra orthodox Jews still today form hedges for instance: Israel’s major airline, El Al, recently rejected a plea by ultra-orthodox Jews with a priestly heritage to fly inside body bags. Why would someone want to do this? Ritual law states that a priest who enters cemetery becomes religiously
Contributed by Roy Fowler on Sep 13, 2020
The story is told about the baptism of King Aengus by St. Patrick in the middle of the fifth century. Sometime during the rite, St. Patrick leaned on his sharp-pointed staff and inadvertently stabbed the king's foot. After the baptism was over, St. Patrick looked down at all the blood, realized
CIRCUMCISE YOUR SIN
Thousands of years ago, before Christ was even born, devout Jewish parents would practice rituals or customs when having a child. The first of the customs was that the child be circumcised; the cutting of the skin. This symbolized that you were a part of the family of
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 8, 2009
The Mishna says, "The dwelling places of Gentiles are ritually unclean (Ohalot 18:7). David Stern summarizes other passages in the Mishna, "…Jews may not remain alone with Gentiles, leave cattle at their inns, assist them in childbirth, suckle their children, do business with